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“Painkiller” is the the first song on British metal band Judas Priest’s 1990 album, Painkiller, and was released as the first single off the album later that year.

The song is about The Painkiller. The Painkiller himself is one of a series of fictional messiahs created by Judas Priest. He is described as a metal messiah sent to the world to destroy evil and rescue mankind from destruction. He is believed to be inspired by the fallen angel from the Sad Wings of Destiny album cover that Judas Priest recorded early in their musical years. The most noticeable feature of the Painkiller, besides his metal body is that he rides the metal monster: a motorcycle with a dragon for the chassis and two circular saws for wheels.

The song was covered by death metal band Death on their 1998 album Sound of Perseverance. This version also appeared on the Judas Priest tribute album Legends Of Metal - A Tribute To Judas Priest Volume II. The brazilian power metal band Angra has covered the song too on the album Freedom Call, released in 1996. Also, more recently, the British thrash/power metal band Biomechanical did a cover of the song, featuring Chris Tsangarides, who produced the Painkiller album.

The first guitar solo in the song is played by Tipton, and the second final guitar solo is played by Downing.

Rob Halford sings Painkiller exclusively in a screeching falsetto.


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  • Lord_Levi

    Death cover suck big rotten cock

    15 May 7:44pm Reply
  • wert100500

    song of all time!

    14 Apr 11:34am Reply
  • SergeyUASergey

    Rob is the best rock singer who has great voice.СУПЕР!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 Apr 6:20pm Reply
  • nicolasbj

    best metal solo EVER.

    7 Mar 3:25am Reply
  • nicolasbj

    v LOL no.

    7 Mar 3:25am Reply
  • PagannWinterr

    Death cover are better sorry xD

    20 Feb 3:13pm Reply
  • Kvan4_666


    15 Feb 11:46am Reply
  • Ksusha_Avi

    A wonderful song with great solos! \\m/

    13 Feb 6:08pm Reply
  • desierto123

    this is what I call METAL

    7 Feb 5:09pm Reply
  • VerbalImaginary

    The vocals in this song are pretty annoying but it's still good stuff.

    7 Feb 7:01am Reply
  • DreamyGirl-

    The best Priest song ever! \\m/ [2]

    21 Jan 1:32am Reply
  • michouz

    This is WAR !!!

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • resonantwave

    This is way way way beyond sick. |m|(>_<)|m|

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Luccas_Fernande

    this vocal! Halford >>Tim 'Ripper' Owens

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Stefan66K

    @nargoman: Yes I know about the screaming abilities of Ripper Owens and I like them. He did show it with Priest, Iced Earth and of course with Beyond Fear. And of course i know the song scream machine which is awesome. He did a quite excellent Job in the Halford-free Era with Priest. The 98' live Meltdown Album with priest is one one of the best priest live albums ever IMO.

    13 Sep 2014 Reply
  • nargoman

    @Stefan66K I think it's a misunderstanding, I didn't think you were saying bad things about him. :D I was just saying that Ripper is a master of screaming, so it's kinda expected that he does a great job singing Painkiller. Scream Machine is a good example of it: The Anaheim version is in my opinion the best live version with Halford.

    13 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Stefan66K

    @nargoman Hmm, did I say any bad word about Mr. Owens and his singing abilities. As far as I know I didn't. The Anaheim Version(I own the DVD) is nice but the Album Version of the Painkiller is the best. Death Metal fans will probably admit that they love the Deaths' Version from the Scavenger of Human Sorrow Album best(which is a really good one).

    13 Sep 2014 Reply
  • nargoman

    @Stefan66K Ripper Owens really knows how to scream and he never disappoints while doing it, but this version is good too: (Halford Live in Anaheim 2003)

    11 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Stefan66K

    The Painkiller Version on the '98 Live Meltdown Album during the Ripper Owens Era is the best live Version of Judas Priest. Altough I am a Halford Fan, I have to confess, that this live recording of the Painkiller with Tim, beats Rob " the metal god " Halford. The Studio Version is still the best with Rob.

    7 Aug 2014 Reply
  • nargoman

    The best Priest song ever! \\m/

    18 Jul 2014 Reply
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